Crypt of the NecroDancer is an award winning hardcore roguelike rhythm game. Move to the music and deliver beatdowns to the beat! Groove to the epic Danny Baranowsky soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,841 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 23, 2015

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"Dance or die! Rules to live by generally, but particularly in this delectable fusion of roguelike and accessible rhythm action."
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April 23

Crypt of the NecroDancer FULL LAUNCH!

Crypt of the NecroDancer has left Early Access and has launched fully on Steam! Your game should automatically update to the latest version. (Make sure that the loading screen says v1.0 or higher, or you may not yet have the latest build.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EL6VK557Yk
We have had such an amazing time working on Crypt of the NecroDancer that we thought we’d let you take a peek behind the scenes to see how it all went down! We took the game to festivals all around the world, meeting fans, making lifelong friends, and learning how to make the game the best it could be. We hope you enjoy our minidocumentary and the full game! Here’s to two and a half years that none of us will ever forget.

Thank you!!! ːnecroheartː ːnecroheartː ːnecroheartː


Here's what's in store for you in the launch build!:
- Our final zone has been added! A whole host of new enemies, traps, secrets, and minibosses await
- You can now beat the game! Unique final boss battles for the protagonists: Cadence, Melody, and Aria
- Two new playable soundtrack remixes by A_Rival (EDM) and FamilyJules7X (metal)!
- There are now story cinematics, featuring VO stars from League of Legends, the Dragon Ball Z TV series, and many more
- One additional insanely difficult character: Coda. (We aren't sure it's humanly possible to complete this character.)
- 10+ new achievements
- A new 'Codex' room in the lobby that helps teach the game's higher-level techniques
- And, of course, a ton of polish, balance tweaks, and bug fixes

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April 16

NecroDancer launches April 23rd!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HiQUw5Np8o

We are very excited to announce that Crypt of the NecroDancer will be leaving Early Access and launching fully on April 23rd! Check out the launch trailer, above!

Here's what's in store for you in the launch build!:
- Our final zone has been added! A whole host of new enemies, traps, secrets, and minibosses await
- You can now beat the game! Unique final boss battles for the protagonists: Cadence, Melody, and Aria
- Some musical surprises we can't yet reveal...
- There are now story cinematics, featuring VO stars from League of Legends, the Dragon Ball Z TV series, and many more
- One additional insanely difficult character: Coda. (We aren't sure it's humanly possible to complete this character.)
- 10+ new achievements
- A new 'Codex' room in the lobby that helps teach the game's higher-level techniques
- And, of course, a ton of polish, balance tweaks, and bug fixes


Thank you so much for your support and feedback during early access! The NecroDancer community is truly the best! ːnecroheartː

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Reviews

“It's a thing of beauty”
IGN

“It's just so ingenious!”
Adam Sessler

“A transformative experience”
US Gamer

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About This Game

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, service pack 3
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1600 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Minimum 10.6 to run the game, 10.7 if you also want to use your own music files
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1600 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Steam OS and Ubuntu 12.04 are the only supported Linux OSes
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1600 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 1500 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
43 of 60 people (72%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
64.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
This game. HAS CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER.
as soon as i reached the end of zone one, i saw him. i SAW KING CONGA. AND THE MUSIC. OH LORD THE MUSIC. I WAS BLESSED FROM THE HEAVENS AS MY HANDS HIT THE 8TH BEAT AND HE CAME DOWN TO ME. AND HE SCREAMED. SCREAMED WILD MONKEY HOWLS. AND ENDED MY RUN.


it. was. heavenly.
i reacomend tis geam 15.674/10
seriously. buy. it. NOW.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Everything about this game is just perfection. Two Genres that would never have worked together, and yet it does, and beautifully at that. For a game like this, the music will play a huge part of the quality of the game, and I think Danny B really outdid himself with this. I just can't stop listening to the soundtrack, and then on top of that, we now have 2 alternative albums to listen to!

Gameplay is equally fantastic. Every enemy has their own movements to the beat. And it's down to you to figure out how to beat each enemy. Every Zone has a different set of enemies, and the difficulty increases nicely with each zone. The bosses are some of the most clever and innovative bosses I have ever seen in a game. They fit so well with the game, and they still function in fun and unique ways. I mean one of the bosses is basically an entire chess set! Best part is, every single piece moves just like they do in real chess.

This game is definitely a contender to be a GOTY for me. It's addictive, it's fun, and the fact you have the choice to have your own music, the mod support, the variety of characters and the ease of changing soundtracks just shows how much effort and detail these guys have put in to the game. I just can't recommend this enough. Take note all you aspiring devs, this is Early Access done right.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I think, i got the hang of this... Oh what's that? OH GOD! OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD I DEAR GOD WHAT IS THAT? *insta dies from red dragon, with bad equipment*
red dragons are my new nightmares.. Forget about clowns, and spiders :(
Red dragon/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Steam is full of many indie greats. Brilliant, inventively crafted games that spring out of nowhere, and create gameplay formulas so well refined they earn themselves a place within the halls of all the greatest classic.

Whether its the addictive simplicity of One Finger Death Punch, the relaxing, almost zen like experience of playingE uro Truck simulator, or the stylish assassinating that makes Mark of the Ninja so great, there are countless titles on this services whose quality is very difficult dispute.

Crypt of the Necrodancer is one of those games.

The game hits you right from the get go with its gorgeously bright pixel art, which serve far more purpose than simply creating being a retro aesthetic.

The sharp, bright visuals bring the levels to life in a way that serves the gameplay perfectly, the vibrantly animated enemies movement (and dancing) to the beat in beautiful detailed fashion. The distinctively detailed enemy sprites don't just look great - they serve to help you plan your attacks, always allowing you to quickly figure out what is going on, even when the hectic beat of the game's brilliant music threatens to eclipse your hand eye coordination.

The bosses especially are a treat, but I don't want to spoil those here. You'll just have to buy the game and discover what they are like for yourself!

Don't be at all surprise if you lose track of time playing this game. Progress is undeniably challenging but it has the "one more go" feeling down to perfection. The more you play, the more you learn the important strategies needed to beat the dozens of different enemies you encounter, the best items to help you progress, and the endless number of secrets. Then you unlock a new character, and the cycle beings all over again.

There is nothing else like this game on the market, and there may never be again. On the surface it is like many rogue-likes, challenging and requiring plenty of time, patient and skill on your behalf, but its rhythmic beat is an addiction that completely changes the way you explore, the way you fight, and the way you win. If you have no sense of rhythm, this is not the game for you.

This game deserves you attention.

Did I mention Crypt of the Necrodancer's music is amazing? I did? Well, I'm telling you again. The music is amazing. The game is worth it for the music alone.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
A must have for rogue-like fans but also for those who want to discover something new and awesome !
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
You will die - a lot. But the mechanics are so solid in this game, that there is never any question as to who's at fault when you die; and that's refreshing. I've been sucked into this game for hours, intending to sit down for a short play session, only to end up trying again and again to improve my skills, and progress. In the age of depressing, gritty, gaming-realism, this game is ridiculously fun and quirky, and I hope the creators know what a gem of a game they've got here. And the music? I don't even know where to start. I only wish there was more of this boogie based dungeoncrawler...

Did I mention lots of female protagonists?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
129.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
This is what happens when the perfect game concept has the perfect soundtrack composed for it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
It's a... Rogue Rhythm game. There is nothing like it, so if you think yourself a gamer at all you must play it, for it works, and works mightily good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
For me - who plays games of all sorts (Total War, Civ V, Terraria, Mount & Blade, Don't Starve, Age of Wonders 3, Super Meat Boy, Binding of Isaac (Rebirth), etc.) - I can easily say this: This game is the most charming, most addicting, most playable and enjoyable, and has the ♥♥♥♥ing BEST OF THE BEST soundtrack(s) of all games I've ever played.

Sure it has its flaws: it's harder than Dark Souls... on lag! But damn, difficulty doesn't affect the player if the game is really fun to play ^^

Even though I only have played it for a total of 12h I can still say: this is my favourite drug to use for both a fast or slow game. Just hold the rhythm and dance for your life - weither you use keyboard, controller or dance pad: dance to the rhythm
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Twelve hours so far and this game is being incredibly fun! It's very casual if you just want to spend time, but at the same time you actually have a lot of progress the more you play the game.

You pick up diamonds that let you buy upgrades, so everytime that you play the game, you're having a bit of progress and just wasting some minutes on a casual game. Also, the sound beat based game mechanics are insane! I highly recommend the game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
It is so original that the experience cannot be well explained, It has to be played to be understood. A perfect example for the industry to take on interesting (original) concepts (mechanics) rather than great budget with poor (or overused) concepts. Amazing and well executed. The pixel art might be tough to look at, at first, but in time it won´t bother.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Fantastic Game! Ok so its a rhythm based rouge like with Awesome music!!! also lots of gear and items to collect. Its really awesome totally worth getting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
SUPER FUN!
I don't even like rouge-likes, but this is a really fun game! Short and to the point. Easy to play but hard to beat! And when you die you can jump right back in, with a new dungeon.

The music is great too!

Everyone should get this game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
A chess piece killed me
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Easily the best roguelike I've ever played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
THEIR TWISTED SOULS BOUND TO THE BEAT.

Seriously, you will be bumpin' your way over through all the dancing monsters you could imagine to the kickin' toons of the infamous Danny B. If you like roguelikes and sweet music, don't pass this one up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
You'll like this if :
You are a fan of rogue likes
Like Spelunky
Appreciate good game soundtracks

You'll hate this is :
You have no rhythm and things like DDR drive you nuts
Get bored with casual quick games
Think old school graphics are horrible


Crypt of the Necrodancer is a light rogue like game that owes a lot of its design philosophy to Spelunky. It does away with the depth of most roguelikes and instead concentrates on serving up a bite size piece of dungeon crawling in a challenging cute form, with many of the game design elements from Spelunky directly converted into its top down view point.

So far, so similar.

But CotND has a gimmick up its sleeve. The soundtrack. Everything in the game moves to the beat of the soundtrack, animations, movement, attacks - even your own input has to move to the beat of the soundtrack, like some mad version of Dance Dance Revolution where each step lets you explore further into the dungeon.

Move out of step with the beat and you will be punished - losing bonus and also potentially missing your chance to move or attack. Learn to step with the beat, learn how the monsters move with the beat, and suddenly you will be popping along to this fiendishly addictive game.

If the idea of playing a roguelike to the sound of a beat sounds weird - it kind of is. And I'll admit I wasn't entirely sure if this would turn out to be a flop or a cool idea. But once you play it, it just makes sense, and adds a very unique aspect to the game - that of timing. Where you have to move to the beat - staying still just isn't an option, and yet a move will push you into the path of a deadly foe, or out of striking range of a target. A new dimension of just how to "wait" or move in such a way as to hit an enemy becomes part of the game.

The soundtrack itself that supports the main gimmick of the game is absolutely top notch, and there are a few great touches to the game - such as the singing shopkeepers - that just make this game work really very well indeed.

An all round excellent experiment in combining the winning formula of Spelunky with a top down roguelike all to the beat of a soundtrack. Don't be put off because this game is kind of... left field. It manages to weld everything together beautifully, and is definitely a game where you will just want One More Try, because This Time, I've Got It.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
If Audiosurf and Binding of Issac had a baby, a smooth rhythmic baby!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
It was an early access game on Steam that actually got finished. That alone is already enough reason to recommend it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
I got this game on a limb out of early access, and this game ranks way up there for the indie game department thanks Brace Yourself Games you have made something beautiful and unique that I can play for years to come, also one does not simply "beat" the game with Cooda :P
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